What is the meaning of ‘finale’?

The word ‘finale’ consists of three syllables. The ‘i’ in the first syllable and the ‘e’ in the final syllable are like the ‘i’ in ‘hit’, ‘bit’ and ‘kit’; the ‘a’ is like the ‘a’ in ‘path’ and ‘bath’. The stress is on the second syllable ‘na’. The word is pronounced ‘finaali’. The last item in a stage show can be referred to as a finale; so can the final movement of a musical composition.

*The fireworks were the grand finale of the ten-day event.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – November 13, 2007



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